Join us May 15 for our annual benefit

The Institute’s Annual Spring Benefit will be held this year May 15 at the University Club.  Registration is open!  Details on tickets and sponsorship here.  

The Benefit is a time to gather and socialize, relax to music, enjoy a glass of wine and break bread with friends and colleagues.  It is an opportunity for the Institute community to come together and celebrate our work and the impact psychoanalysis has on improving the human experience.  This year, the evening’s program will include a conversation between the renowned philosopher and member of our Board of Trustees, Martha C. Nussbaum and the Vice President and Chief Content Officer at WBEZ, Steve Edwards in conversation on Anger and Fear in the Midst of our Political Crisis.

Featured speakers 

Steve EdwardsMartha NussbaumMartha C. Nussbaum is a distinguished American philosopher, Professor of Law and Ethics at University of Chicago, celebrated author, and the winner of many distinguished national and international awards.

Steve Edwards is Vice President and Chief Content Officer at WBEZ and former Executive Director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.  They will discuss the intense emotions of politics and how we might better understand them to improve our ability to look forward with hope.  We look forward to sharing the evening with you!  

Have questions about sponsorship or other questions about the event?  Please contact Development Director Mary Mucci at or 312-897-1424.

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Schiffman joins 'Walking through Grief' Author Wednesday

I Know It In My Heart coverBarr-Harris Clinic's Judy Schiffman will be in conversation with Mary E. Plouffe, PhD, about her new memoir "I Know It in My Heart: Walking Through Grief with a Child" (She Writes Press | May 2017), 6 p.m. Wednesday at Seminary Co-Op Bookstore in Hyde Park, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. The bookstore requests, but does not require RSVPs for the free event.

Mary Plouffe has counseled others through grief for more than 35 years, but when Mary's sister suddenly and unexpectedly died, she had to mitigate her own grief while also caring for her three-year-old niece. 

When Mary Plouffe’s sister, Martha, decided to try one last, risky-but-promising treatment for breast cancer, Mary assumed care of Martha’s three year old daughter, Liamarie. But a three-week visit grew into months, while the treatment they hoped would extend Martha’s life took it instead. I Know It in My Heart: Walking through Grief with a Child is the story of one loving sister, a motherless child, and a terrified father facing unimaginable loss together. 

Told by Plouffe—a grieving sister who is also a psychologist with thirty-five years experience in child/adult therapy—the story is more than a memoir; it is an exploration of childhood and adult grief that ultimately displays the healing power of love and family. Parents, therapists, and anyone else who wants to understand loss though the eyes of a child will find useful information here for guiding children through tragedy, and understanding how loss impacts them as they grow.

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